A couple of weeks ago, my little family was sitting around the dinner table talking about the books we liked, and my husband and I were running through the books we had read as kids when I suddenly remembered Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and bolted from the table to order it from Amazon that very second. No, it couldn't wait, and no, I couldn't get it from the library because we needed to own it and no, I don't know how I forgot about it for seven entire years of parenting.
Oh Charlie. Oh Roald Dahl. James and the Giant Peach! The BFG! Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator! But Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is the one, the classic, the book that had my seven-year-old standing on her bed cheering.
I used this as a read aloud for the above mentioned seven-year-old, although I think she could have read if herself without too much difficulty. I think there are enough illustrations and humor that I can make a good attempt at reading it to my four-year-old as well. At least, I plan to force the four-year-old to sit through it just so I can read it again for the upteenth time after an hiatus of too many years.
If you have allowed this delightful children's classic to slip your mind, I recommend you find a copy as fast as you can and giggle through it with the kids in your life.
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